Clear, bright orange blooms reminiscent of gerberas.
The most common use for Calendula is topical and it is used in the form of oil, lotions, salve, toner, and cream/ointment. This is in large part due to the antibacterial and inflammatory properties this plant is believed to have. Far less popular health preparations include tincture and tea in extremely low doses.
These various remedies are used for:
- Minor wounds
- Superficial burns and sunburn
- Dry and itchy skin
- Insect bites and stings
- Easing hemorrhoids
When taken internally as a tea or diluted tincture, Calendula may ease constipation and abdominal cramps and boost the immune system.